Merciless hit and run


A community has called for more to be done about two dangerous bends after a popular community member was the victim of a brutal hit and run.

A 69 year old member of the Havering-atte-Bower Conservation Society (HABCOS), left the building to cross the green to post a letter, only to be struck by what is reported to be a white car believed to be speeding at the time.

Jenny Gwinn, Chairperson of HABCOS told The Enquirer: “We had just finished a HABCOS event when Maggie left to post a letter.

“I heard a sickening thud and we ran out of the room and saw Maggie’s body lying lifeless in the road . The driver on the other side of the road, stopped and immediately dialled 999 and I checked to see if Maggie had a pulse.”

The horrific event just two weeks before Christmas has left Maggie in Intensive Care with multiple fractures and undergoing surgeries and her community in total shock.

“I sent in a petition two years ago to ask for speed tables to be installed.

“The double bends here are dangerous. There is a school near the green where a pupil had her bag clipped by a passing lorry. We need something to be done,” continued Jenny.

Police have said that the white car which failed to stop at the scene, made off, turning left into Orange Tree Hill, then onto Broxhill Road. The hit and run has left Maggie’s community in complete shock and horror.

“This has been devastating for Maggie and her family and the community. Maggie is a very popular member of our society and we need something done here to stop vehicles from speeding.

“If that had been a child that had been hit, then they would not have been here today.”

Maggie remains in Intensive Care at the London Hospital. At this stage, there has been no arrest. The Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command is investigating. Detectives from the Serious Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses. If you have any information about this incident, please call police on 101 quoting 5316/9DEC or the SCIU witness lines on 0208 597 4874.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous.


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